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MSc (res) and MSt (res) – One-Year Research Degrees

The Master of Studies by Research (MSt (Res)) is a research-based Masters degree. You will engage in a full-time research project and write a dissertation. It is an excellent opportunity to spend a shorter time in a research environment either for a standalone degree or as preparation for a PhD.

Full Senate Regulations can be found on the Academic Policies and Regulations webpage.

Rationale

  • To provide a short research-only masters degree at the same level as MSc and MLitt programmes, typically where the student does not need to be taught research skills.
  • To provide an early exit point for students engaged with research but who do not wish to or cannot pursue their original longer programme.
  • To provide a potential exit award for MPhil (research route) students with no taught credits – where a dissertation is assessed to be of sufficient quality.

 Dates 

  • As the degrees are masters degrees, students are registered from the same date as students on other masters degrees.
  • Exceptionally, it may be appropriate to register a student starting in semester two.
  • Submission is after one year of research.
  • Exceptionally, a student may be apply for up to three months extension to complete the thesis. The standard PGR extension fee will apply.

Submission and Examination

  • Students should submit their dissertation via MMS. Schools may require additional paper copies if they wish.
  • Dissertations are assessed by at least two internal examiners and approved by an external examiner.
  • The external examiner is normally an external examiner appointed to assess masters programmes within the school.
    • A suggested external examiners fee of £60 per MSc(Res)/MSt(Res) thesis has been agreed. As with UG and PGT external examiners fee, Schools may pay a different fee as appropriate for their discipline
    • MSc(res) and MSt(res) are not graded but are awarded the following:
  1. that the thesis be approved and the degree of MSt(Res) or MSc(Res) be awarded, save for the making of any purely typographical corrections or revisions; or
  2. that the thesis be not accepted in its present form but that the candidate be given the opportunity to make minor corrections to the thesis within a period of three months of intimation to the candidate of the decision of the examining committee and that, upon the convener of the committee being satisfied that these minor corrections have been effected, the thesis be approved and the degrees of MSt(Res) or MSc(Res) be awarded; or
  3. that the thesis not be accepted in its present form but that the candidate be given the opportunity to revise the thesis and resubmit it for re-examination within six months of intimation to the candidate of the decision of the examining committee  – this recommendation meaning that the candidate must resubmit a corrected thesis, pay any resubmission fee, and be re-examined, though the examiners have the right to waive a further oral examination; or
  4. that the thesis be rejected, and no award made.
  • On resubmission, the following may be awarded:
  1. that the thesis be approved and the degree of MSt(Res) or MSc(Res) be awarded; or
  2. that the thesis be approved and the degree of MSt(Res) or MSc(Res) be awarded subject to minor corrections to be completed within three months and approved by the convener; or
  3. that the thesis be rejected and no award made.
  • MSc(Res) and MSt(Res) will not be required to submit final copies of their thesis to the Library.

Please contact the Director of Postgraduate Study, Professor Mary Orr (langsdopg@st-andrews.ac.uk) for further information.